Aug 22, 2017

31 Days of Gratitude: Day 22

Day 22: The Movies!

So grateful for movies. Such a wonderful slice of escape. Love going to the movies in an actual movie theater as long as everyone agrees that it should be a felony to have your cellphone on once the previews start. I dislike gratuitous or sadistic violence, and most action and sci-fi movies.

Here's a few memorable (to me) movies, in no particular order except The Godfather, which is the best movie ever made. Do not argue with me.

The Godfather -- The fact that my Italian born grandfather may or may not have been running a small time numbers operation out of his barber shop may have influenced my love for this movie. Plus the tollbooth scene. Plus cannolis. Plus everything.

If you haven't seen this, we cannot be friends. Drop everything, go watch it, and come back and resume friendship with me. But do not ever watch it with me because I know every line and will say each line 2 seconds before the actor does. Also, notice that there is orange in every scene.

The Godfather, Part 2 -- Sequel just as good as the original. OMG, the scene where Kay comes to see the children and Michael shows up.....

Life is Beautiful -- If you can watch this without crying your eyes out, you have no soul. The music is haunting.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople -- Bittersweet fun. Freedom!!

Casablanca -- If you haven't seen this, your life is not worth living. The best movie to get across the point that it's not all about us.

Goodfellas -- Henry Hill's story of growing up on the edges of the mafia is part hilarious, part tragedy, all addictive. I read once that it is playing on TV somewhere in the world 100% of the time.

Pollyanna -- One of the first movies I can recall seeing in a theater. 35 cents to get in plus a nickel for a Hershey bar. What more do you want?

Beaches -- my first date with Mike. Awww.

There are so many more movies worth watching. Here are a few:

Slumdog Millionaire, Uncle Buck, Dirty Dancing, Good Will Hunting, The Town, Rain Man, To Kill a Mockingbird, Jaws, Groundhog Day, Serpico, Apollo 13, The Wizard of Oz, Breaking Away, Airplane, Rocky, The Bridge on the River Kwai, West Side Story, Parenthood, Thelma and Louise, Bridesmaids, Toy Story, The Sound of Music, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kids, All the Presidents Men, A Raisin in the Sun, Old Yeller, Father of the Bride.

Did I mention The Godfather?


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    1. i'd go every week if they made movies I liked!! they are made for a younger generation but I try to keep up

  2. The Godfather parts 1 and 2 are absolutely the best movies ever made - I can watch them 3 nights a week. Oh the hospital scene when Mike shows up and everyone is gone!

  3. To Kill a Mockingbird wrecks me every time. Another favorite not in your list: The African Queen. Also, Key Largo. Also The Thin Man. I love the classics!

  4. I don't have a favourite because there are way too many I love a lot, but I agree, and have said it many times, that Godfather is the best made movie ever. Every detail, every scene is pretty much embedded in my brain. The music alone merited the Oscar for best film! The hubs does have two favourites, tied for first place - Rain Man and Moonstruck - and he's just a little bit annoyed that Moonstruck didn't make your list. 😳☺️

  5. The Wizard of Oz--why? Flying monkeys. I never understood why my parents would not get me a flying monkey. I wanted one more than a bike with streamers on the handlebars.

  6. Gosh, I've seen so many of these. I wondered if anyone else had watched Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Loved that one! There's orange in every scene of The Godfather? Now I'll have to watch it again.

  7. I read The Godfather right after reading In Cold Blood. I had to keep reminding myself "This didn't really happen. This is fiction." just like I had to keep telling myself "This really did happen. This isn't made up." as I read In Cold Blood.
    I haven't seen the movie though. It's hard to pay attention all the way through a movie at home. I get itchy thinking that I could be reading something and just listen to the tv. LOL


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